i have been thinking outside the PhD materials (i know…not normal, LOL), and would like to share few thoughts with you, I would like to know what u think also.

i went to bed yesterday reading an article (i’ll try to post here later) about being yourself. just act as you like. forget about what people expect from you, what society expects from you, and forget about the standards that you put according to your labels. the article goes on to stress the fact how difficult would be to understand and know what YOU REALLY LIKE, where frameworks disappear and you have to create ur own….hmmmmm…difficult? oh yes.
every time, i feel down my sons ask me to do what i really like. i answer back: i donot know any more what i like, i forget what i like to do, and i find it hard to find what i like in the middle of my duties as a wife, a mother, a PhD candidate, a citizen, a friend, a researcher, a….. and the list goes on and on.
the idea of “i have to finish my dissertation at the expected time and in the perfect form” dominates my life and blinds me from living completely. being perfect for the labels i named myself with, stress me more than making me happy, and now what? but hey, isnot doing a PhD is kind of self discovery? is it what should be something i really really like to do? well it is, but it looks there are other elements into it.  i believe we should not let the PhD controlling us, but we should have the upper hand. but how? people would say: being organized, know your materials, have a schedule …etc etc….do all of these work for you? do you really work by dead line? knowing you are not acting alone, so it is not really only your time. it is the supervisor’s, the people u r collecting data from, your committees…and so on..
however, it would be helpful to talk to other PhD students, take longer real break away from writing to come back and be able to see the gaps, have different of activities, and do not disconnect from real life..and do what you really really like to do without explaining, for example if you like to paint then go ahead and find your inner self…..do you have other suggestions? please share with us….

An academic journal? are you serious?

methodology chapter is an important chapter in any dissertation (actually all the chapters are important..:)). reading this chapter should allow the individual to understand what you really did in your research, how did you do it, and why you did what you did. in other words, the author needs to explain all the steps he or she went through from the beginning till the end. well, do you need to register all the details? i would say yes, that is why it would be a great help to start writing your academic journal the first minute you decide you want to do a PhD. writing a journal would help you later in writing your research proposal while explaining how to get to choose your research topics and the steps you went through collecting the literature review. it will also help you later in writing your dissertation especially the methodology chapter…i value this idea a lot NOW, after i am rewriting the methodology chapter for the sixth time. i highly recommend starting this academic journal even if you are in the middle of your research, every additional registered information would be a great help for you later and save you time and effort later on.